40 days in Switzerland, Northwest Italy & Ile-de-France Itinerary

40 days in Switzerland, Northwest Italy & Ile-de-France Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 5 nights
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Siena, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Cinque Terre, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Verona, Italy
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy

— 5 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli and Santa Maria della Vittoria. Popular historic sites such as Colosseum and Pantheon are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, admire the striking features of Villa Borghese, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica Papale San Paolo fuori le Mura.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rome online trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Rome is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Rome, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in June, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 34°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Siena.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

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Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:

Siena, Italy

— 3 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Visit Duomo di Siena and Sinagoga di Siena for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Castello di Monterinaldi and Archivio di Stato. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gimignano (La Bottega del Sale di Duccio Nacci photographer, Torre Grossa, &more), Volterra (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza dei Priori, &more) and Volpaia (in Radda in Chianti). The adventure continues: have fun and explore at Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Accademia dei Fisiocritici, contemplate the long history of Loggia della Mercanzia, learn about winemaking at Dievole, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Raimondo al Refugio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Siena trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rome to Siena takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Siena, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Siena

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

Florence, Italy

— 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get some historical perspective at Duomo di Pisa and Baptistery of St. John. Do some cultural sightseeing at Camposanto and Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Piaggio Museum (in Pontedera) and Pisa (Cimitero Ebraico & Leaning Tower of Pisa). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basilica of Santa Croce, examine the collection at Museo di San Marco, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Baptistery of St. John, and admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Florence trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Siena to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Florence are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:

Cinque Terre, Italy

— 2 nights

Italian Riviera

Made up of five picturesque towns on the Ligurian coast, Cinque Terre is Italy's answer to the French Riviera.
On the 14th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Lorenzo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Nostra Signora della Neve, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, then learn more about the world around you at Punta Corvo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madonnina della Punta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento dei Cappuccini e Chiesa di San Francesco. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church, explore the historical opulence of Castello Doria, admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Di San Pietro, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Borgo Storico di Corniglia, and finally step off the mainland to explore Isola Palmaria.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cinque Terre trip maker app.

Getting from Florence to Cinque Terre by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Cinque Terre when traveling from Florence in June, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 16th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Bernardino alle Ossa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, then see the interesting displays at Museo del Novecento, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Milan route tool.

Drive from Cinque Terre to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 16:

Locarno, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, see the interesting displays at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse, get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico Gandria, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Locarno trip planner.

You can drive from Milan to Locarno in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

Varenna, Italy

— 2 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at S. Giovanni Battista, go for a walk through Green Way dei Patriarchi, browse the exhibits of Forte Montecchio Nord, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio, then wander the streets of Menaggio, and finally learn about winemaking at Enoteca Principessa. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di S. Giorgio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino, take in nature's colorful creations at Villa Carlotta, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Monastero, then admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Varenna trip planning app.

You can drive from Locarno to Varenna in 2 hours. June in Varenna sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Verona.

Things to do in Varenna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Verona, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romeo and Juliet

The famous setting for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Verona is one of northern Italy's main tourist destinations, largely owing to its incredibly rich artistic heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, contemplate the long history of Verona's Cathedral (Duomo), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Anastasia, pause for some serene contemplation at San Fermo Maggiore, Verona, then experience the emotional art of opera at Arena di Verona, and finally explore the historical opulence of Piazzale Castel San Pietro. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museo Dell'olio D'oliva, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Storico Sirmione, then browse the exhibits of Torre di San Martino della Battaglia , and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Basilica Madonna della Corona.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Verona sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Varenna to Verona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Venice.

Things to do in Verona

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

Venice, Italy

— 4 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Doge's Palace and Castello di Gorizia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Centro Storico di Venezia and Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Explore Venice's surroundings by going to Padua (Basilica di Santa Giustina, Piazza dei Signori, &more), Trieste (Castello di San Giusto & Chiesa Serbo Ortodossa di San Spiridione) and Fogliano Redipuglia (Military Memorial Redipuglia & Osterreichisch-Ungarischer Kriegerfriedhof). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Scuola Grande di San Rocco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and make a trip to Chiesa di San Zaccaria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Verona to Venice takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. June in Venice sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bern.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Omega Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then make a trip to St. Ursenkathedrale, and finally admire the striking features of Roman Amphitheatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Matte, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, then ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, then admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bern route maker site.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Bern takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Venice in June; daily highs in Bern reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 29th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, see the interesting displays at Musee Ariana, examine the collection at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, see the interesting displays at Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee, then examine the collection at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, and finally visit Vieux-Carouge. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Elysee, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Geneva road trip site.

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:

Paris, France

— 9 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sainte-Chapelle and Orléans Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and The Army Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Chateau de Meung sur Loire (in Meung-sur-Loire), Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare (in Briare) and Basilique de Saint-Mathurin (in Larchant). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, and admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Paris route planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 9:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Ile-de-France travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Historic Sites
Île-de-France offers a wealth of treasures from its Parisian urban culture and natural frontiers to its romantic river walks along artistic landscapes that continue to inspire painters. The heartland of the country is like a miniature version of France as a whole, offering a sample of everything you've come to expect in the country: charming villages, museums, cathedrals, châteaux, parks, forests, river lands, and world-class shopping and restaurants, of course. Many locals still refer to the region as Région Parisienne or RP, because it's the most populated and affluent metropolitan area of the country. Although this region is small, it has borne witness to great historical battles, canvasses painted by old masters, and centuries of royalty, as evidenced by its wealth of attractions. Your vacation in the economic, religious, and political hub of France brings you up close and personal with diverse historical monuments, the pink turrets of Disney's castle, and the three surrounding rivers: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.